Missing WWII Airman Laid to Rest with Full Military Honor in DeFuniak Springs

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. - The journey to find a missing World War II airman came to a close Saturday in DeFuniak Springs. Army Air Force 1st Lt. Ewart Theodore Sconierswas laid to rest with full military honors at the Southwide Baptist Church.

Lt. Sconiers was laid to rest with full military honor in his hometown of Defuniak Springs.

"It was a team effort since the beginning. Each person played a critical role at a pivotal moment," said Lt. Sconiers niece Pamela Sconiers.

He was part of a B-17 bomber crew that was shot down, then transferred to a POW camp in Poland where he later died in 1944. 

Just a few years ago he was found and identified. Saturday was closure for his family, the military community, and the people of DeFuniak Springs who all have been touched by his incredible story. 

"It means a lot of DeFuniak Springs to host this and see all the joy and resolve so we are grateful to be a part of it," said Mayor Bob Campbell. 

"It's an odd feeling to be so drained of emotion while also being so full of it. Today was the moment that we have all been waiting for," said Pamela. t. sconier's niece pamela has a message for families of missing soldiers. 

Pamela hopes this story can serve as inspiration to families of missing soldiers. 

"You have no idea what you are missing and what you'll learn and how the lessons form your journey will inform your life today so take a chance on it," said Pamela.     

Currently, there are nearly 74,00-0 U.S. service members still unaccounted for from World War II. Anyone interested in learning more about his journey home can visit: http://www.bringsconiershome.com/

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